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Week 25: The Black Cauldron

  • This marks the 25th animated film the company has produced, making its debut on July 24, 1985.
  • This is the first Disney film to ever receive a PG rating.  It in fact had to go through several edits to not have it rated PG-13 or R.
  • This is also the first film to not be a musical (of any sort).
  • The film was based on the first two books based off of Welsh mythology, The Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander.
  • A new way to transfer drawings to cels were invented: the APT process.  However, the line art would fade off the cels over time.
  • The film is notable for being the world’s first full-length animated feature film to incorporate the use of CGI in its animation for bubbles, a boat, and the cauldron itself.
  • This is also the first and only animated Disney film to introduced the new sound effects with classic Disney SFX.
  • This is also the first Disney film to use the class Walt Disney Pictures logo with the silhouette of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle against a blue backdrop
  • As well as being the first film to have all of the credits rolling at the end of the production since Alice in Wonderland.  
  • It also doesn’t feature a “The End” title card at the end of the film.
  • The film was suspended from video release for years due to its dark content.
  • When the Horned King activates the power of The Black Cauldron, the sound of a space shuttle launch was used.
  • Because of its dark feel, this film earned the title by the company and fans as “the film Disney tried to bury”.  To this day fans are trying to hard to discover the lost and edited footage.
  • This is the first animated film to be filmed in widescreen since Sleeping Beauty.
  • This is the last film that Tim Burton had any affiliation with before he set off to create his own films.
  • Legend has it that this film was really popular in Japan, and thus became the inspiration for the plot for several Legend of Zelda games.

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A Bug’s Life (Flik Cover Variant)

           Release Date: April 20, 1999

           Print Date: March 13, 1999

           Label Type: Horizontal Ink

           What’s on the tape?

                       1. 1997 Green FBI Warning Screens

                       2. Walt Disney Company Intro

                       3. The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad VHS preview

                       4. Alice in Wonderland/Robin Hood VHS preview

                       5. Tarzan “Movie Surfers” theatrical preview (part 2; first part in in the Mulan VHS)

                       6. Geri’s Game PIXAR short

                       7. Feature Presentation

                       8. Green Aspect Ratio Screen

                       9. THX Logo

                       10. Walt Disney Pictures/PIXAR castle logo

                       11. PIXAR Logo

                       12. Film


While the first logo looks much more clearly like it is a silhouette of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, the current Walt Disney pictures logo seems to borrow a bit from both Sleeping Beauty Castle and Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. It has both the height and design of Cinderella Castle’s taller, thinner central towers and the steep trapezoidal roof over the archway, but uses the stocky outer turrets, stone wall, and signature pink color of Sleeping Beauty Castle. 



           Release Date: January 30, 2001

           Print Date: December 13, 2000

           Label Type: Horizontal Ink

           What’s on the tape?

                       1. 2000 Blue FBI Warning Screen

                       2. Gold Walt Disney Home Video Logo (with Black Background)

                       3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Platinum Edition DVD/VHS preview

                       4. Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park Preview

                       5. Blue and Gold “Coming Soon to Theaters” Bumper

                       6. Atlantis: The Lost Empire theatrical preview

                       7. Blue and Gold “Coming Soon to Own on Video and DVD” Bumper

                       8. Lady & The Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure DVD/VHS preview

                       9. 102 Dalmatians DVD/VHS preview

                       10. “Join Us After the Program” Bumper

                       11. Blue Aspect Ratio Screen

                       12. THX Logo

                       13. Walt Disney Pictures Logo

                       14. Film

                       15. Walt Disney Pictures Logo

                       16. The Hunchback of Notre Dame II DVD/VHS preview

Truth be told, Star Wars has ALWAYS been child-friendly compared to other stories of its type; since day one, it has rested comfortably in the ‘darker than Narnia, but lighter than Lord of the Rings’ zone.  People are only whining about it now because they see the 'Walt Disney Pictures’ logo and pick it up as a convenient scapegoat.  You know, to cover up the fact that many viewers are reluctant to admit that their Serious Movies about Samurai Wizards in Spaceships might have been- gasp- made with children in mind as a potential audience.
—  me, on a critic who thought that the Force Awakens was too ‘childish’ and ‘Disneyfied’